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Manage bookmarks

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Access and create bookmarks on a map.

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Use case

Bookmarks are used for easily storing and accessing saved locations on the map. Bookmarks are of interest in educational apps (e.g. touring historical sites) or more specifically, for a land management company wishing to visually monitor flood levels over time at a particular location. These locations can be saved as bookmarks and revisited easily each time their basemap data has been updated (e.g. working with up to date satellite imagery to monitor water levels).

How to use the sample

The map in the sample comes pre-populated with a set of bookmarks. To access a bookmark and move to that location, tap on a bookmark's name from the list. To add a bookmark, pan and/or zoom to a new location and tap on the 'Add Bookmark' button. Enter a unique name for the bookmark and tap ok, and the bookmark will be added to the list

How it works

  1. Instantiate a new Map object and create a BookmarkList with map.Bookmarks.
  2. To create a new bookmark and add it to the bookmark list:
    • Instantiate a new Bookmark object passing in text (the name of the bookmark) and a Viewpoint as parameters.
    • Add the new bookmark to the book mark list with BookmarkList.Add(bookmark).

Relevant API

  • Bookmark
  • BookmarkList
  • Viewpoint


bookmark, extent, location, zoom

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
            <RowDefinition Height="auto" />
            <RowDefinition Height="*" />
        <Grid Grid.Row="0">
                <ColumnDefinition Width="Auto" />
                <ColumnDefinition Width="200" />
                <ColumnDefinition />
                Text="Go to:"
                VerticalTextAlignment="Center" />
                VerticalOptions="CenterAndExpand" />
                Text="New ..." />
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" Grid.Row="1" />
// Copyright 2016 Esri.
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at:
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an
// "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific
// language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Linq;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntime.Samples.ManageBookmarks
        name: "Manage bookmarks",
        category: "Map",
        description: "Access and create bookmarks on a map.",
        instructions: "The map in the sample comes pre-populated with a set of bookmarks. To access a bookmark and move to that location, tap on a bookmark's name from the list. To add a bookmark, pan and/or zoom to a new location and tap on the 'Add Bookmark' button. Enter a unique name for the bookmark and tap ok, and the bookmark will be added to the list",
        tags: new[] { "bookmark", "extent", "location", "zoom" })]
    public partial class ManageBookmarks : ContentPage
        public ManageBookmarks()

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization

        private void Initialize()
            // Create new map with a base map
            Map myMap = new Map(Basemap.CreateImageryWithLabels());

            // Add the map to the mapview
            MyMapView.Map = myMap;

            // Create a set of predefined bookmarks; each one follows the pattern of:
            // ~ Initialize a viewpoint pointing to a latitude longitude
            // ~ Create a new bookmark
            // ~ Give the bookmark a name
            // ~ Assign the viewpoint
            // ~ Add the bookmark to bookmark collection of the map
            // ~ Add the bookmark name to the UI combo box for the user to choose from

            // Bookmark-1
            Viewpoint myViewpoint1 = new Viewpoint(27.3805833, 33.6321389, 6000);
            Bookmark myBookmark1 = new Bookmark
                Name = "Mysterious Desert Pattern",
                Viewpoint = myViewpoint1

            // Bookmark-2
            Viewpoint myViewpoint2 = new Viewpoint(-39.299987, 174.060858, 600000);
            Bookmark myBookmark2 = new Bookmark
                Name = "Dormant Volcano",
                Viewpoint = myViewpoint2

            // Bookmark-3
            Viewpoint myViewpoint3 = new Viewpoint(-33.867886, -63.985, 40000);
            Bookmark myBookmark3 = new Bookmark
                Name = "Guitar-Shaped Forest",
                Viewpoint = myViewpoint3

            // Bookmark-4
            Viewpoint myViewpoint4 = new Viewpoint(44.525049, -110.83819, 6000);
            Bookmark myBookmark4 = new Bookmark
                Name = "Grand Prismatic Spring",
                Viewpoint = myViewpoint4

            // Set the initial combo box selection to the last bookmark added
            bookmarkPicker.SelectedIndex = 3;

            // Zoom to the last bookmark
            myMap.InitialViewpoint = myMap.Bookmarks.Last().Viewpoint;

        private void BookmarkPicker_SelectedIndexChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Get the selected bookmarks name
            string selectedBookmarkName = bookmarkPicker.Items[bookmarkPicker.SelectedIndex];

            // Get the collection of bookmarks in the map
            BookmarkCollection myBookmarkCollection = MyMapView.Map.Bookmarks;

            // Loop through each bookmark
            foreach (Bookmark myBookmark in myBookmarkCollection)
                // Get the bookmarks name
                string theBookmarkName = myBookmark.Name;

                // If the selected bookmarks name matches one in the bookmark collection
                // set that to be the maps viewpoint
                if (theBookmarkName == selectedBookmarkName.ToString())

        // Member (aka. global) variables for the dynamically created page allowing
        // the user to add additional bookmarks
        public Entry myEntryBookmarkName;

        public ContentPage bookmarkAddPage;

        private async void ButtonAddBookmark_Clicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Create root layout
            StackLayout layout = new StackLayout();

            // Label for the UI to let the user know to add a bookmark
            Label myLabel = new Label
                Text = "Bookmark Name:"

            // Entry location for the user to enter the bookmark name
            myEntryBookmarkName = new Entry();

            // Button to accept the users bookmark name
            Button okButton = new Button
                Text = "OK"
            okButton.Clicked += OkButton_Clicked;

            // Create internal page for the navigation page
            bookmarkAddPage = new ContentPage()
                Content = layout,
                Title = "Add Bookmark"

            // Navigate to the dynamically created user interaction page
            await Navigation.PushAsync(bookmarkAddPage);

        private void OkButton_Clicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // Get the name from the text field
            string name = myEntryBookmarkName.Text;

            // Exit if the name is empty
            if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(name))

            // Check to see if there is a bookmark with same name
            bool doesNameExist = MyMapView.Map.Bookmarks.Any(b => b.Name == name);
            if (doesNameExist)

            // Create a new bookmark
            Bookmark myBookmark = new Bookmark
                Name = name,

                // Get the current viewpoint from map and assign it to bookmark
                Viewpoint = MyMapView.GetCurrentViewpoint(ViewpointType.BoundingGeometry)

            // Add the bookmark to bookmark collection of the map

            // Add the bookmark name to the list of choices in the picker

            // Close the user interaction page to add a bookmark
            bookmarkAddPage = null;